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In this touching eBook novella, a prequel to Molly O'Keefe's Crazy Thing Called Love, a young woman swept up by first love is ready to say "I do"--until challenges arise during the holiday season. Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas--that is, if Maddy's family doesn't throw a wrench in their plans. Her parents are more than a little reluctant to give their blessing to the impending nuptials. After all, Maddy's barely out of high school and Billy's a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn't care about Billy's rough past--all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy's mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
Alice Mitchell has seen better days. But that was before the heartbreak of infertility, divorce and losing her trendy New York restaurant. Then, after five long years, her ex-husband reappears in her life. Gabe needs a chef. Alice needs a job. The attraction between them is still undeniable--and just as impossible. Even if sparks fly again, she can't give him what they once wanted more than anything: a baby. Creating a family, however, doesn't always mean creating a child. . . Sometimes it just means allowing love to survive. But will they realize that before it's too late--a second time?
In Molly O'Keefe's captivating new contemporary romance, a woman with a past and a man without a future struggle to find a place where they belong. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she'll have to seize it. Elderly Texas rancher Lyle Baker has a dying request: He will give Tara Jean a stake in his leather business in exchange for a little family subterfuge. All Tara Jean has to do is play the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure Lyle's estranged children home. The mission is soon accomplished. Now Lyle's gone--and his ridiculously handsome son, Luc, an ice hockey superstar sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch. He's also Tara Jean's boss. But being so close to sinfully sweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc's priorities, like make him want to pry her deepest secrets from those irresistible lips. But when Tara Jean's past demands a dirty showdown, will Luc stay and fight?
From award-winning author Molly O'Keefe comes a wonderfully written contemporary romance about second chances at life and at love. Victoria Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She's taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly. If Victoria wants a fight, Eli will give her one. He's devoted his life to Crooked Creek, and he's not about to let some pampered city girl--even one as brave and beautiful as Victoria--turn it into some silly spa. But Victoria's and Eli's burning anger and frustration only fuel heat of another kind: uncontrollable passion. And soon they each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without.
In this poignant and deeply sensual new contemporary romance--perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson--Molly O'Keefe proves that lost loves don't have to stay lost forever. Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she's determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin--still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband. Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It's his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy's whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy's love. "Irresistible and satisfying . . . addictive and sexy romance at its best."--New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery "Molly O'Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction."--New York Times bestselling author Susan AndersenFrom the Paperback edition.
From "a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction" (Susan Andersen) comes a poignant and deeply sensual contemporary trilogy with heart the size of Texas. In Molly O'Keefe's wonderfully written novels, the tantalizing cowboys and headstrong heroines of Crooked Creek ranch struggle to find a place where they belong. And now they're all rustled up together in one captivating eBook bundle. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE Texas rancher Lyle Baker offers Tara Jean Sweet, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, a stake in his leather business if she plays the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure his estranged children home. Now Lyle's gone--and his ridiculously handsome son, Luc, an ice hockey star sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch. Being so close to sinfully sweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc's priorities, like make him want to pry her deepest secrets from those irresistible lips. But when Tara Jean's past demands a dirty showdown, will Luc stay and fight? CAN'T HURRY LOVE Victoria Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to make a new life for herself. She's taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged cowboy who wants the land just as badly. He's devoted his life to Crooked Creek, and he's not about to let some pampered city girl turn it into a spa. But their burning anger only fuels heat of another kind: uncontrollable passion. Soon Victoria and Eli each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without. CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE Dallas TV morning-show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable--but her iron will guards memories of a man she's determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin--still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband. Now the producers want this bad-boy heartbreaker to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees. It's his only chance to get near Maddy again and be redeemed by the one thing that matters: her love.
His daughter's secrets Since becoming a single father, Mac Edwards has struggled to keep his small family together. But now his custody of his twelve-year-old daughter is threatened by the secrets she's keeping. His last hope In a bitter twist, their new social worker is the one person he can't trust--Rachel Filmore. Thirteen years ago she was his world...until she deserted him. How can he trust her not to destroy his family? And how can he trust himself to leave the past where it belongs?
Jesse Filmore has a new life waiting for him. There's just one thing he has to do first - face his painful past in New Springs. This dusty desert town is filled with bad memories, not to mention the accusing looks of all the people he once called friends. So as soon as he can sell his mother's house, he's out of here.
Jack McKibbon knows the score when he offers to marry his best friend Mia Alatore. He's fixing a bad situation for her-that's all-theyaren'tmaking a real life together. She wants to stay on the ranch and he's got his studies and inventions elsewhere. Still, this arrangement is a good deal for both of them. Until that one night. . . ; A sexy interlude with Mia makes Jack rethink their relationship. . . ;and their future. But all his plans grind to a halt when she asks for a divorce. Once upon a time, Jack might have agreed. But now that he knows the chemistry they share, he's not giving up a second chance to be with his wife.
Delia Dupuis has found the perfect place to take cover. The secluded inn on the banks of the Hudson River is the last place her ex would think to look for her. Here she can plan her next step, then move on with no ties. Too bad the inn's handyman, Max Mitchell, is making her rethink leaving. His steady ways and his indulgent treatment of her daughter tempt her to stay, to explore this heat between them. But can she risk endangering him with the secrets she carries? When those secrets catch up with her, Delia discovers Max is a good man worth trusting with her daughter, her life. . . and her love.
Naughty & Nice 3-Story Bundle (Room at the Inn, All I Want for Christmas Is You, and One Perfect Christmas)by Molly O'Keefe Stefanie Sloane Ruthie Knox
'Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O'Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter's night. ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox Carson Vance couldn't wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he's back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman--everything that Carson's looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he's back for good--and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Molly O'Keefe Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas--that is, if Maddy's family doesn't throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy's barely out of high school and Billy's a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn't care about Billy's rough past--all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy's mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon? ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Sloane After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support--and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man's troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that's needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they'll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.
When their private plane crashes in the Sierra Nevada, two political enemies discover that survival means more than just living--it also means loving. A gripping story by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak. Wrapped in a bow and left on a doorstep, an innocent baby proves a true gift for three couples who have let hurt feelings get in the way of healing hearts. A tender tale of family and forgiveness by USA TODAY bestselling author Day Leclaire. Reluctantly returned home after a disastrous breakup, a young woman is thrown together with the man she once pushed away--but never forgot. A touching story of secrets revealed and love reclaimed, by beloved Harlequin author Molly O'Keefe.
After busting her butt as an ad exec-and forsaking everything but peanut-butter cups-workaholic Anna Simmons finds herself out of a job. It's only for six months, of course, and the forced sabbatical should teach Anna work/life balance (as in less work, more life).But Anna can't take it. She plots the most important campaign of her career-the pretend balanced life. And she'll enlist her oh-so-hot neighbor Sam Drynan to play her fake boyfriend-it's the perfect way to convince her boss she's ready to get back in the boardroom ahead of schedule!So what happens when the make-believe make-out sessions start to feel anything but fake? And instead of sneaking into the office-she's counting the hours till she's free?
Carter O'Neill has risen above the reputation of his notorious family-thanks to hard work and distance. Now he's this close to getting everything he wants. Then Zoe Madison interrupts his community meeting with the announcement she's pregnant. In the media storm that follows, no one wants to hear that the baby isn't his. As for believing he doesn't even know her...forget about it! The only way to control this story is for Carter and Zoe to fake a relationship until the attention passes. Thing is, Carter discovers he really does like Zoe. In a forever kind of way. Too bad she's not as eager to share his public life. So he'll simply have to convince her he's worth the risk. This could be his toughest campaign yet!
For ten years Samantha Riggins and J. D. Kronos have convinced themselves they have the perfect relationship. No strings, no commitment, no future. All that changes when the son Sam gave up for adoption walks into her shelter. The son J. D. knows nothing about. The presence of their child breaks through all the rules they've lived by. And suddenly what Sam thought she knew about J. D. turns out to be wrong. Are the feelings they share enough to keep them together? Especially now when the biggest secret is the one Sam never saw coming.
The scoop of Jennifer Stern's career has just landed on her doorstep. Literally. Ian Greer--the playboy son of a former president--is everything the headlines claim. But Jennifer soon suspects he's pulling a fast one on the tabloids and there's a different man behind the good times. He's a puzzle she longs to unravel, especially when he hints about a newsworthy tale that could scandalize the nation.Too bad she's turned her back on journalism. And with the attraction sizzling between her and Ian, her objectivity is bound to be compromised. Still, can she refuse a once-in-a-lifetime piece? And if she breaks the story, can she keep the man?
Special agent Maggie Fitzgerald has her mission. Go deep undercover as reclusive journalist Caleb Gomez's cleaning woman. Then swipe his intel on infamous crime lord Benny Delgado. Unfortunately Caleb is much more, well, everything than Maggie bargained for and she's this close to letting down her guard and revealing all. -- But how long can she lie to the man she's falling for?With Benny hunting for Caleb, Maggie's got to decide if coming clean with Caleb will put more than just her mission in jeopardy. It could kill any chance they have together, too.
Jeremiah Stone: rodeo superstar. Good-time guy. Father of three? That's one pair of boots Jeremiah never expected to fill. Then his three nephews are orphaned, and his entire life changes. Not only is he now playing parent, he's also running the family ranch. It's almost too much for this cowboy.Until he encounters Lucy Alatore.He recognizes that look in her eye and knows a steamy fling could make him feel more like himself. But the intense heat between him and Lucy is distracting him from three little boys who need his undivided attention. He's forced to choose one over the other...unless he can convince Lucy this family isn't complete without her!
Down with Cupid! Elle Adams, Rebecca Potter and Lucky Morgan all have valid reasons for distrusting Cupid. And with February 14 coming on fast, they decide to take matters into their own hands. If the plucky little cherub can't do his job, they'll sweeten the odds. But it looks as if Cupid "wasn't" out to lunch. He was just waiting for the right moment to make things interesting. Now find out what happens when he finally launches those arrows.
Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious "bad girl," who discover that home really is where the heart is. Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America's teenage "Wild Child," with her own reality TV show. Now she's a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica's presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while. Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting--and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful. "Molly O'Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction."--New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
This is one reunion Jonah Closky wants no part of. If not for his mother's wishes, he wouldn't even be meeting his estranged father and brothers. The real surprise about being at this inn, however, is Daphne Larson, an outspoken organic farmer who gives as good as she gets. Most remarkable of all, the smart, sassy single mother is making him yearn for things he doesn't even know he needs. But taking their relationship further means coming to terms with his complicated feelings toward these men--his father and brothers. It means forgiving the past so he can build a future with Daphne. . . and finally have the family he's always wanted.
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